Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
  • Maryland Heights, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Full Benefits, Paid Time Off, 403(B), Shift differential

Ranken Jordan is the country's first pediatric bridge hospital. Inpatients and outpatients with complex medical conditions, injuries and illnesses come to our one-of-a-kind facility from throughout the region to get better faster and prepare for the transition back to home.

We are GROWING and our new expansion is now complete!   We are looking for amazing new EMPLOYEES like you! 

A Peek Behind the Room Divider:

  • Founded in 1941 by Mary Ranken Jordan who implored her staff to "...consider the children, first, in all that we do." These words still guide every employee, every day.
  • Our guiding mission is to help kids and their families' transition from hospital to home. That means we practice world-class pediatric medicine to treat the symptoms but we also train parents and caregivers to provide a high-level of care at home so patients continue to progress after discharge
  • "Care Beyond the Bedside" means that our kids receive their therapies and rehab away from their rooms and out of their beds as much as 70% of the day. The rest of the time, they are playing just being kids in our state of the art facility designed to inspire children!
  • In 2002 we opened our current 34 inpatient hospital in Maryland Heights, MO. In February we are opened a 78,000 sq. ft. addition to double our inpatient beds to 60+ and expand our outpatient practice.
  • We also offer Community Programs that provide wonderful recreational and educational programs for all kids and their families...at no charge!


Ranken Jordan is currently looking for 2 part time Child Development Assistants.  In this role you will assist the Pediatric Heath Related Services (PHRS) staff in providing activities and completing tasks that support the provision of care to patients; to promote a positive hospital experience for patients and families.  We have the following openings:

  • .5(FTE) 20 hours a week.  Monday-Friday 8:30a-12:30p.
  • .6(FTE) 24 hours a week. Tuesday-Friday 1:30p - 8p


Supports Child Life, Community Program, Education Liaison, Music Therapy, and Recreation Therapy staff during patient programming and interventions, including but not limited to: procedural support, medical play, leisure skill building, health and fitness, adaptive sports, community programs, music groups, special events etc.

  • Provides developmentally appropriate, educational, and diversional activities under the direction of specialist ensuring the psychosocial, emotional, and cognitive needs of the patient during hospitalization.
  • Assists in the set-up and clean-up for treatment sessions and in general cleaning, organization, and maintenance of the department to ensure a therapeutic and safe environment for patients and staff.
  • Completes opening and closing procedures according to Departmental safety and security procedures.
  • Transitions patients to and from programming, activities, and interventions to support the Care Beyond the Bedside Model.
  • Maintains a physical, social and psychological environment in the best interest of the patient, ensuring patient cleanliness, comfort, and safety.
  • Orients Partners in Care (Volunteers) to the Department, and provides direction regarding appropriate activities for patients.
  • Charts and documents patient progress, and records all care provided, including attendance and length of treatment.
  • Completes general clerical and administrative duties, takes minutes as needed, places small orders, etc. as directed.
  • All other duties as assigned by the PHRS Manager.


  • The Child Development Assistant must have strong communication and organizational skills, and be able to operate in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Previous experience working with children, and/ or in a pediatric medical setting required.
  • Some coursework in child development, education, Child Life, and/or Recreation Therapy, preferred.
  • Hold a current American Heart Association BLS certification; CPI training upon hire and refresher every other year required.


These include stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, pulling, pushing, standing, carrying, and lifting of light loads (up to 35 lb.).

Ranken Jordan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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